5 Myths About Tutoring Agencies / Companies and Serious Things to Consider Before Hiring a Tutor.

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Tutoring Agencies offering a multitude of tutor related services have been operating in a very competitive market for at least the last 15 - 20 years, both in the United States, South Africa, Australia, and across the globe. As levels of competition have increased, these Agencies and Online communities have been required in bring in a number of value added services in order to better distinguish themselves from the general competition. As a result, many of them have started to advertise a number of myths relating to their specific services. Below are the 5 biggest myths relating to the tutoring business?

1. The more hours of tutoring hours you buy, the better your child will do.
2. Any good tutor will be able to tutor any child.
3. The longer the session the better the benefit gained, especially in math, science and accounting tutoring.
4. Teachers are better tutors that college students (This is not the case, as college students are usually able to better communicate with students of their own or slightly younger age)
5. Better tutors cost more.

In order to make sure you are not being taken for a ride, think carefully about these and other aspects of the tutor / student relationship on your quest to find a great tutor.

This is particularly applicable to the following tutors:

Math
Science
Life Science
Geography
Accounting
Economics
Statistics

When looking for a good tutor, the following should be taken into consideration:

1. Timeliness
2. Past experience tutoring students of a similar age and personality type.
3. Time schedule and general availability to tutor
4. School and University results
5. School attendance registers
6. Feedback from other parents who have used the tutor.

Care needs to be taken when using tutor portals that aggregate a large data base into matching members. Usually these sites charge the parents or student a fee to search the data base and contact the members. The risk with this is that there is often no guarantee that the site will find an applicable match for the student resulting in wasted time and bad results.

When using the services of a tutoring agency, care should also be taken when paying up front and placement fees for the tutors, it's always better to go with a pay as you go approach, as opposed to a once off, as often it is in the agencies best interest to ensure that you always have a knowledgeable, reliable and trustworthy tutor at your fingertips.
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